Madison, WI – June 29, 2014. The Madison Mallards (16-14) travel to Mequon today to face the Lakeshore Chinooks (22-10) at 5:05 pm. On the bump is southpaw Rob McDonnell (Illinois), who aims to help the Mallards bounce back from a 3-1 loss last night to the Chinooks.
McDonnell has been solid for the Mallards this summer, carrying a 1.20 ERA in 22.1 innings of work, giving up just three earned runs on 16 hits while striking out 20. In his last start, McDonnell tossed 5.2 shutout innings, letting up just one hit in a 2-0 victory over the Alexandria Blue Anchors.
He will square off against Chinooks starter Joe Pavlovich , a 6’1”, 185-pound righty out of UW-Oshkosh. Pavlovich is 2-1 on the year in six appearances and two starts, holding a 2.07 ERA in 26 innings pitched. His last start, Pavlovich gave up two runs on three hits in six innings of work to receive the win against the Kalamazoo Growlers.
Last night, the Mallards left ten runners on base to fall five games back of the Lakeshore Chinooks in the Northwoods League South Division and are now eliminated from first half playoff contention.
The Chinooks scored one run in each of the first three innings while the Mallards only run came in the fifth. Mallards starter Christian Taugner (Brown) threw five innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out one in the loss.
Chinooks starter Luke Lowrey (Southern Mississippi) let up one run on three hits in five innings of work to get the win.
The Mallards return to the “Duck Pond” on Monday to play a split doubleheader against the La Crosse Loggers starting at 12:05 pm. The second game of the doubleheader will be played in La Crosse at 7:05 pm.
Monday is Wisconsin PBS Kids Day and fans will be able to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog. Free Clifford books are available to the first 250 kids, courtesy of Scholastic. It is also Child Care Appreciation Day.
Mallards single game tickets are on-sale now. To purchase tickets, log on to MallardsBaseball.com, call 608-246- 4277, or stop by the Mallards ticket office.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit MallardsBaseball.com.